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Like how THC is dominant in marijuana, CBD is the dominant active ingredient of hemp—derived from the cannabis sativa plant family. Similarly to THC remedies, it is often consumed in the form of oils, droppers, sprays, capsules and even food. This last decade has seen the holistic CBD market grow exponentially in the US, with 14% of adults now claiming to use CBD products. It’s no surprise. Just like its partner, THC, it has been praised as a natural remedy and preventative agent for several long-term ailments, both physical and mental:


  • Chronic pain

  • Inflammation

  • Epilepsy

  • PTSD

  • Psychosis

  • Nausea

  • Anxiety and depression

  • Migraines

  • Inflammatory bowel disease


CBD is a relaxant, not an intoxicant like THC. It works by engaging with the endocannabinoid system, a network of neurotransmitters that help govern important physiological and neurological functions such as serotonin production, pain processing, emotional regulation and memory preservation. It also serves as an antioxidant, eliminating free radicals (harmful pollutants) that find their way into the body through the intake of oxygen.


While THC has noticeable psychoactive properties, CBD does not, and it is therefore more appropriate for use prior to activities requiring concentration, precision and coordination. In fact, CBD has far fewer unwanted side effects when taken by itself.


To sum up, CBD and THC are closely related but not interchangeable. CBD products will not give you the same sense of euphoria as their THC equivalents, but they also carry fewer side effects as a result. Plus, the two ingredients differ in the ailments and diseases they help treat, although there is some overlap.

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